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The China Kitchen

17B Main North Road | Papanui, Christchurch 8052, New Zealand
+64 3-354 6818
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good37%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“dumplings” (37 reviews)
“prawn toast” (2 reviews)
“pork” (6 reviews)
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Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
17B Main North Road | Papanui, Christchurch 8052, New Zealand
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Reviewed March 1, 2017

China Kitchen is a wonderful place for a couple or a group. My man loves the Garlic Chillie prawns while I usually have the Fillet steak with Ck sauce.the mixed entree comes out in a decorative boat and the dumplings are to die for. China...More

Thank Lynn F
Stella L, Owner at The China Kitchen, responded to this review

Thanks for your glowing review Lynn! We're so pleased that you love our food, especially the dumplings! We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Stella Li Owner

Reviewed December 12, 2016 via mobile

We had a great dinner at the China kitchen - bring your own wine and there is a wine store next door. Great dumplings - we had a selection of three different kinds - all delicious. Good service and casual ambience. Would recommend,

Thank RobertsKLR
Reviewed November 20, 2016

We are regular visitors here (at least once/month, usually more) and the food is always great. Chinese food can often be bland but the tastes here are amazing. The dumplings are the best in town, the chilli/garlic prawns are a favourite, and the satay is...More

Thank Robyn P
Reviewed November 10, 2016

If you understand Cantonese or mandarin and get to know how they abused about you as a customer, you will not want to come back, why pay monies to get abused. Too bad, they didn't realise we understood every word they said. When we confronted...More

Thank D L
Reviewed November 5, 2016 via mobile

Ordered takeaways here and had the lemon chicken. It tasted beautiful and fresh. Didn't have that odd aftertaste that some Chinese takeaways have. Will be back. Rice is an extra so does not come with the meal.

Thank twopeasinapod25
Reviewed October 25, 2016

We are regulars here and love it. Great staff...food is friggin awesome...too awesome as we always order far to much...eat too much and still have to get a doggy bag to take home. Pork & Chive dumpling are my favorite along with the prawn toast....More

Thank KimMandy69
Reviewed October 17, 2016

We've been here a number of times and the friendly, helpful staff will make your evening a winner. It's nice to find a Chinese restaurant where the different plates all taste different (for a change). Try the won-tons - awesome speciality! Situated in Papanui so...More

Thank Scott B
Reviewed October 2, 2016

No cooking for me on Saturday night, instead we got a takeaway and knew it would be good, it always is from China Kitchen. Very generous portions and so tasty. We always order a mix of half a dozen dumplings too , two of each,...More

Thank mooseandbok2006
Reviewed September 25, 2016

We as a group go to the China kitchen on average every fortnight. The staff are very attentive and friendly. We always start with their dumplings as an entree, they have to be the best in Christchurch. The is a good selection of dishes which...More

Thank CEW1146
Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

I have an issue with most Asian restaurants, they use cheap ingredients and buckets of MSG. My body doesn't agree with MSG and thus i am always sceptical of these places. But I am delighted that these guys have chosen to remove it. Tonight I...More

1  Thank Antof88
Stella L, Owner at The China Kitchen, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed our food and the fact that we don't use MSG! Hope to see you and your partner again soon.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17B Main North Road | Papanui, Christchurch 8052, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-354 6818
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Family-owned restaurant featuring fresh Chinese cuisine. Dine in or takeaway. BYO (wine only) and fully licensed.